ISO-Settings and Noise: Reduce Noise on a Photo with AKVIS Noise Buster

ISO and Noise

The problem with digital noise is still acute. Even expensive professional cameras produce noise at high ISO settings. Not to mention consumer level cameras that perform well only at ISO 50–100.

Most digital cameras offer the option of automatic ISO setting (auto). In this case a camera chooses settings on its own basing on the shooting conditions. As a result, one can easily get "noisy" photos because the camera can decide to shoot at a high ISO value.

A fragment of the picture in real size is shown below.

Fragment before filtration: noise photo Fragment after filtration: improved photo
Fragment before filtration: noise photo Fragment after filtration: improved photo

The following photo was taken in automatic mode. Some photos from the same session were taken at ISO 400, others at 261 or 236. But the result is the same – all of them are very noisy. We will take one such photo and try to improve it.

Original photo taken at ISO 261

The added complication is that the photo was then saved in JPEG. This compression is responsible for the JPEG artifacts.

Open the image in AKVIS Noise Buster.

Automatic filtering begins after the program window opens. The result will be shown in the the preview area of the Before tab.

AKVIS Noise Buster window

Adjust the settings. We applied the following values: Fade 75%, Luminance Noise Level 15, Luminance Smooth Level 3, Color Noise Level 28, Color Smooth Level 3, Microdetail 50.

It's all very subjective. You may set other values for the parameters.

Adjust the noise reduction parameters

Apply filtration with these parameters by pressing the button.

The processed image in AKVIS  Noise Buster window

Save the image.


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